Saudi envoy slams Houthis for violating international law

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi
Updated 11 July 2018

Saudi envoy slams Houthis for violating international law

  • The KSRelief have become models for the care and rehabilitation of children
  • Palestinian people still face the worst kinds of occupation, with the citizens of Gaza living under “an unjust siege”

JEDDAH: The recruitment of children as fighters by Iran-backed Houthi militias in Yemen, their use of civilians as human shields, and the firing of missiles from civilian areas, are blatant violations of international law and humanitarian norms, the Saudi ambassador to the UN told the Security Council.
Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi urged the council to strongly condemn such actions and those who support the Houthis, accusing them of promoting a sectarian agenda.
The operation to liberate Hodeidah port from the Houthis shows that the Saudi-led coalition exercises utmost restraint and abides by all international norms, charters and laws, he said, adding that the coalition continues to cooperate with the UN.
The programs of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) have become models for the care and rehabilitation of children, he said.
Al-Mouallimi highlighted the actions of Houthi militias supported by Iran in Yemen, recruiting and involving children on battlefields, using them as human shields and firing missiles from platforms in civilian neighborhoods.
All constitute a blatant disregard of international laws and humanitarian norms, he said.
The envoy called on the council to condemn these actions and those who support the militias, which are still delaying the implementation of international resolutions.
These parties are working to export corrupt ideologies and promote their sectarian agenda, he said.
Al-Mouallimi also said that the Palestinian people still face the worst kinds of occupation, with the citizens of Gaza living under “an unjust siege.”


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 53 min 42 sec ago

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.